Free Books, Free Shipping: How to Sell Christian Books without Amazon

The Christian publishing industry is at a crossroads. As Tim Challies recently mentioned in  The Power Over Christian Publishing We’ve Given To Amazon, the validity of a book is measured by its presence on Amazon. This means that Amazon ultimately controls the promotion (or absence) of orthodox Christian doctrine. The problem is not Amazon, folks. […]

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Market, Money, Time and Faith Porn Fiction

I am in the process of writing a very fun sci-fi suspense trilogy. I call it Pogland. Fun and challenging and time-consuming (which is why I’ve been off of social media).  If you know me, you know I have some strong views on the role theology needs to play in fiction. I came across a […]

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Hoping for Better Things

Book Review: We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels There are two things I look for in Christian fiction. One is creativity, the second is meaning. We Hope for Better Things debut novel by Erin Bartels gives you both. Erin Bartels is wife of Zachary Bartels, author of Playing Saint and All Souls Day. […]

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Heartache, Broken People

Mental problems are probably the most feared type of issue Christians face. Yes, we’re afraid of hunger and pain. But God will provide and God will comfort, and eventually these kinds of sufferings will be solved. But problems like we see in Broken Pieces are the ones nobody would choose. It doesn’t easily fit into […]

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Christian Dragons & Fairies & Droids, Oh My!

Magical Creativity in Christian Fiction A Christian Approach to Alternate Reality Stories Recently, I was asked on Quora about Christian use of magic and alternate reality in fiction. After thinking about it for a while, I wrote to a guru on the topic, Steve Laube. Steve began Enclave Publishing to build credibility for a uniquely Christian […]

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To Please the People

At what point should a writer write to please the people, and at what point should a writer write what should be said? A lively discussion on this topic was recently on Steve Laube agency’s “What’s Wrong with my Book” blog post by Tamela Hancock Murray. The wise recommendation was made to not defy the market’s […]

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BEST OF THE BEST Sites for Writers

All Christians are in a state of flux… ALREADY/NOT YET: We are  already, but not yet. We are  already, but not yet. We are  already, but not yet. We are  in God’s eyes, but not yet in the world’s eyes. As writers, we also know we have never arrived, but are on a journey to continually improve […]

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Review of Mr Nary by Roo Carmichael

I made the mistake of starting to read Mr. Nary in the hospital waiting room. Not a place to be guffawing every ten seconds or so. The wry sense of humor, the unexpected turns of phrases, the laughable story and story-within story and novel within that story with a romance on the side, the ability to […]

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100 Things to Do Instead of Editing your Novel

Write a blog post entitled “100 Things to Do Instead of Editing your Novel” Find articles and blog posts about how to edit your novel (see Lists) Comment on those blog posts in detail Read books about editing your novel (see Lists) Take your kids out to breakfast, they haven’t seen you in so long Spend […]

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